Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reflected on her husband Paul’s condition after the violent attack he suffered last year, saying that while he is “doing fine,” it will still “take him a little while to get back on the common man.”
Nancy Pelosi made the comments in an interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” which is streaming now on HBO Max and airs Sunday night at 7 pm ET on CNN. The California Democrat said that her husband is “very strong” but that the incident was very “sad for our family” and that it is a case that must be taken “one day at a time”.
Paul Pelosi was attacked in October with a hammer at the couple’s home in San Francisco by a male assailant who was looking for the House speaker, according to court documents. Paul Pelosi had surgery “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” a spokesman for Nancy Pelosi said in a statement after the incident.
“I feel very sad about it because of what happened, but also sadder because the person was looking for me,” Nancy Pelosi told Wallace. “My husband, who is not worthy of that political party, paid the price.”
Paul Pelosi made his first public appearance since the brutal attack in December at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.
“He’s been out a little bit because the doctor said he has to look forward to it, so again, one day at a time,” Nancy Pelosi said.
Elaborating on her husband’s condition and recovery, she said, “He had wounds and all the rest of that on his body. Those took time, but they healed. Tendons, you all know that stuff. But the head is something different.”
“Anyone who has had a head injury knows that you have to be very careful,” the former speaker continued. “You have to be careful about movement. You have to be careful about the light. You have to be careful about the sound. And it only takes a while. You get really tired, but, you know, not to go into it any further, but it takes, probably another three or four months, according to the doctors, for him to really be himself.”
During the interview, Pelosi criticized the chaotic, contentious and drawn-out fight on the House floor to elect speaker Kevin McCarthy now that Republicans have regained control of the chamber.
“I was sorry for the institution,” Pelosi said. “For the institution, they should have got their act together … and that was sad. It was nothing to be amused by or laugh at or anything. It was sad for the institution.”
Pelosi saw clear differences in how she was able to lock down the votes to become speaker-elect in 2019, and the election of McCarthy, who went to multiple ballots on the House floor and struggled with the support needed from getting the GOP Congress before he ultimately won. help
“I wouldn’t ask people to go to the floor if we didn’t have the votes. He knew what the obstacles would be. They should have been reconciled,” she said, referring to McCarthy.
Pelosi also responded to McCarthy’s promise to remove some Democratic lawmakers from key committee assignments.
McCarthy argued that the Democrats created a “new standard” when they had the majority through GOP Representatives. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona removed from their committees for inflammatory rhetoric and social media posts. McCarthy has said he would remove Democratic representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from their committee assignments.
When asked if she opened the door to that, Pelosi pushed back, saying, “It was clear that their members were a threat to our members. So this is about keeping our members safe. It is philosophical that they want to remove these people from the committee. So, they have the votes, they could remove someone, but that’s for philosophical reasons. That’s not the precedent we set.”
Marking the end of an era for House Democrats, the caucus chose Rep. Hakeem Jeffries from New York as its leader to succeed Pelosi. That came after Pelosi announced she would step down from her leadership post, a role in which she built a legacy as one of the most powerful and polarizing figures in American politics.
With House Democrats now in the minority, Pelosi said she won’t miss being speaker.
“It’s not. I sometimes wonder why I don’t, but I think I’ve done my time,” she said. “I loved it. It was a great honor. Imagine, to be the speaker of the House, second in line to the presidency, which of course would never happen, but nevertheless, the prestige of it all. It is I love my members. I love the institution.”